THE LONG TRAIL

TOTAL DISTANCE: 270 Miles

TRAIL STATUS: 100% Built

SOUTHERN TRAILHEAD: MA/VT Border near Stamford, VT

NORTHERN TRAILHEAD: Canadian Border near E. Richford, VT

BLAZES: White (Standard Blaze)

TYPICAL START DATES: July through September

TYPICAL DIRECTION: Northbound

DIFFICULTY: Difficult

HIGHEST POINT: 4,393 feet at Mt. Mansfield

LOWEST POINT: 326 feet at I-89 near Jonesville, VT

STATES HIKED: Vermont

MORE INFORMATION:
Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037

HIGHLIGHTS: The Green Mountain Club built the Long Trial between 1910 and 1930 and it is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail and it shares a 100 mile section in Southern and Central Vermont with the A.T. There are over 70 primitive huts along the route which follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border near East Richford, Vermont. The trail is rugged, rocky, and muddy in parts, and it crosses some of Vermont’s highest peaks including Stratton Mt (3963 feet), Killington Peak (4241 feet), Mt. Abraham (4,006 feet) and Mt. Mansfield (4,393 feet). Around 150 hikers complete the entire route each year according to the Long Trail guidebook, but don’t be fooled by the relatively low elevations. The Long Trail is challenging and it has many ascents and descents as it heads north to Canada.

Long Trail Guidebook Long Trail Map

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